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Not since Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath has there been a family saga as powerful as Bucking the Sun, nor a family as compellingly strife-torn as the one at its center. Driven by drought from their Montana farm to “relief work” building the Fort Peck Dam, the Duff family spans the extremes of the times, from the eldest son Owen, who has made his way through college to an engineer’s job on the dam, to young Bruce, his antithesis, a risk-taker who works as a diver setting pilings into the treacherous river bottom. In between are Neil, the quiet one, and the brothers’ iron-willed wives. When a couple of wild cards are introduced in the form of a Red Uncle from Scotland and the prostitute he takes up with, the plot gets as thick and turbulent as the muddy Missouri.

Bucking the Sun is a startling story of mixed fortunes that races from moment to moment, an epic rendering of time and place that reminds us why Ivan Doig is our foremost living storyteller of the American West.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Bucking the Sun is one of those books that take you over as you read it, invading your daydreams, lodging its cadences in your brain, summoning you back to the page.” 

    Washington Post

  • “The milieu is colorful and the characters as Patton impersonates them, distinctive.” 


  • “This richly detailed narrative offers comedy, passion, and adventure.” 

    Library Journal

  • “Doig’s real achievement is to chronicle—with empathy and precise, lyrical authority, down to the last load of gravel hauled in a sturdy Ford truck—the magnificent Fort Peck project and the desperate times out of which it arose.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

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